There’s nothing more exciting when you get a new job than updating your email signature and seeing that fancy new job title underneath your name.
But one woman was completely shocked when she saw what her colleague had included in his.
The man, who is on her team, decided to put list his degree in the signature which goes on all internal messages.
She wants to tell him to take it off, but doesn’t know if that would be deemed unprofessional.
Asking for advice on Mumsnet she writes: “Irrationally enraged by colleague’s email signature, or is it inappropriate?
“I have a newish colleague who has his email set up to give his full name, degree achieved (masters) followed by his full job title. This comes up in all internal emails and his job rarely involves sending external ones.
“I think it’s w**** and actually rude. No one else does it and many have more qualifications than him.
“People even comment on it and poke fun. I hoped he would notice by now that it’s not done and take it down. It doesn’t help that it comes up in really big letters after his normal sign off.
“I’m his line manager and wonder whether to tell him to take it off but things aren’t going well with him overall so I don’t want it to look petty or like bullying.
“But f***, who does that??”
While most people agreed it was a strange thing to do, they believe she should refrain from commenting.
One wrote: “Let him leave it. It’s a useful signal that he’s a k***.”
Another added: “Yes leave it, much better for people to be aware he’s a b******.”
But others thought she should tell him to remove it.
One woman wrote: “Full job title seems totally normal to me, but degree would be a bit try-hard. But either way, as his manager it’s your job to make sure he understands the company culture, which he clearly doesn’t at the moment. It wouldn’t be petty or bullying at all to point that out!”
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And others thought it was completely normal and didn’t understand the issue.
A user commented: “We do that where I work. You will come off petty if you bring it up.”
Another replied: “Why are you so upset by it? Perhaps he had to put it on his last place of work or perhaps he is just very proud. Why not just be friendly and point out no one else puts theirs on or ask why he wants it on? Really it sounds like a bit of jealousy and insecurity on your part. Do you have the same qualifications?”
One women wrote: “It’s entirely normal for many companies. Presumably he’s come from such a place and is simply doing what was expected of him there.”